Saturday, 23 January, 2021


US Releases Millions Of COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

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Patty Aguilar | 13 January, 2021, 03:01

Health and Human Services Alex Azar said the administration has been holding back second doses as a "safety stock."

The changes come amid public frustration about the pace of vaccinations and confusion about the process of who is eligible and limited number of appointments available to be vaccinated.

Most states prioritized health-care workers and nursing home staff in first deliveries of vaccine.

Subsequent distributions of doses by the federal government will give preference "based on the pace of administration as reported by states and by the size of the 65 and over population in each state", Azar said during the briefing.

He arrived at Christiana Hospital in DE in the early afternoon for his jab, and said: "My number one priority is getting vaccine in people's arms, like we just did today, as rapidly as we can".

"We now believe that our manufacturing is predictable enough that we can ensure second doses are available for people from ongoing production", Azar told ABC's "Good Morning America". The administration wants to shift focus away from hospitals and focus more on adding more accessible venues, such as pharmacies, the source said.

This will attempt to address a reoccurring issue states have faced in trying to administer the vaccine through hospitals and medical providers that have said they don't have the resources or personnel to serve as vaccination clinics.

But the slow pace of the vaccine rollout has frustrated many Americans at a time when the coronavirus death toll has continued to rise. "Then we manufactured more the first week of January", Bourla said. More than 376,000 people in the US have died, according to the Johns Hopkins database. "We're now making the full reserve of doses we have available for order, [and] we are 100% committed to ensuring a second dose is available for every American who receives the first dose".

"We're in a race against this virus and quite frankly, we're behind", U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams told "Fox & Friends".

Los Angeles County, with a population of about 10 million people, has been an epicentre of the latest surge of the outbreak in the U.S., with cases and deaths soaring since early November and many hospitals overwhelmed.

Some states, including Arizona, have or are planning to open up mass vaccination centers, aiming to inoculate thousands of people a day in a single location.

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to give a speech Thursday outlining his plan to speed vaccines to more people in the first part of his administration.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine requires a second shot about three weeks after the first vaccination.

This new, gene-based technology has proven effective in the development of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech in addition to the one created by Moderna.

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